Forefoot (Pain Metatarsalgia)
Metatarsalgia is a broad term often used by health practitioners to describe pain and inflammation experienced in the forefoot.
This may often include inflammation of the capsule surrounding one or more of the joints in the ball of the foot (capsulitis) or inflammation of the lubricating fluid within the joint or tendons surrounding the joints (synovitis/bursitis). Symptoms may range from a full or inflamed feeling, a bruised tenderness or a burning or throbbing feeling around the bony part of the ball of the foot.
Pain in the ball of the foot is often misdiagnosed and therefore inappropriate treatment is often provided. An accurate diagnosis is best achieved through a thorough hands on assessment of the painful site accompanied by x-ray. Overloading of the metatarsals and their surrounding structures due to abnormal leg and foot function is the most common cause of this pain in the foot.
The problem can usually be easily managed by improving the function of the feet by Foot Mobilisations and Low Level Laser Therapy. We try not to use Orthotics where possible however in some cases offloading the injured area with orthotics may be needed. Good footwear choices may be discussed.
Coastal Foot & Leg Clinic can make the appropriate assessments to diagnose the true cause of your pain. Once we have determined this we can treat the true problem and not just the presenting symptoms to give you a long term solution not a short term fix.
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.